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70.161 (BF1851)

Golden-rod Pug   

Eupithecia virgaureata
Adult: 2
Resident, scarce, widespread. Widespread and increasing in England and Wales except in south-east where it is very local. Scattered, widespread records in Scotland. Increasing in distribution and abundance.

Life cycle

Two generations. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present June to July, again September to October.

Recording method

Comes to light in small numbers.

Larval foodplants

First generation foodplant is unknown. Second generation larvae feed on ragworts and Goldenrod.


Care required to separate from other ‘pugs.’ If in fresh condition the white tuft of scales at the rear end of the thorax will aid identity.


A variety of rough areas.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1898 for VC74 at Corsemalzie but only in 1978 for VC73 at the Gatehouse of Fleet Rothamsted light trap and 1982 for VC72 at the Waterside Mains Rothamsted light trap.

102 record(s) from 33 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2011 2022 2022

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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